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The Goat

Published 1921

Dumb luck sets some policemen on his trail -- after a series of innovative escapes, he gets mistaken for a murderer with a price on his head, which means the people that aren't chasing him are fleeing from him.

Run time 27 Min
Producer Joseph M. Schenck
Production Company Metro Pictures Corparation
Audio/Visual silent with musical score, black & white
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Reviewer: pickford82 - - August 23, 2009
Subject: perhaps the best Buster Keaton short film
I have special memory connected with this short film. It came as a surprise bonus on my "Three Ages" DVD - along with "My Wife's relations". I was beyond myself with joy to discover them 'cos it meant more fun, so I watched they with great pleasure. These films were selected as a bonus for a reason - they are among the best Keaton works! "The Goat" was the 1st Buster short film I ever watched, and indeed it was a fine introduction to this kind of his works. Everything about it is fine. Its great merit is that it's fast-pased, exciting, with new gags popping up every other second, great chases, smart plot, different locations... never drags and never bores you. It can easily compete with the best Charlie Chaplin works! The print quality is also very good, so is the music score.

One of the highlights is that short but delightful train sequence. I also like it when people gather around a big poster warning about the escaped murdered (with a huge portrait of Buster, who in reality isn't that criminal) and then he passes by and stands right near it, perfectly ignorant of everything, so the folks runs away in panic :D Really, just imagine yourself reading an ad about a wanted criminal and then he comes up and stands right in front of you. It always cracks me up.

This film deserves much more attention and acclaim that it usually gets. So don't miss it! If you haven't seen it you don't really know Buster Keaton.

If you prefer WMV format, here you are:
Reviewer: g rated - - April 3, 2008
Subject: 5 star
Classic - one of the best -
you are missing out if you miss this one
Reviewer: jon513 - - June 8, 2006
Subject: great movie
This was the first silent movie I watched and I found it very interested how in many ways the lack of sound made it better not worse, just as a book can be better than movie because it leaves more to the imagination.

Reviewer: mmdanziger - - June 8, 2006
Subject: excellent
this was my first exposure to buster keaton and i must say i was quite impressed. i watched it a number of times and showed it to my friends, many of whom also enjoyed keaton for the first time. i downloaded the wmv version referenced in a different review on this page.

as for the content of the movie, the plot is stronger than many of the keaton films that i have downloaded since then.

overall i would sum it up by saying that i spent a higher percentage of the movie's runtime laughing than most any movie.
Reviewer: pesya - - May 26, 2006
Subject: Are you kidding?
Why are you reading this review? Download it already!
Reviewer: nolight - - May 12, 2006
Subject: forget modern movies
I just love this film. Each scene is great and is worth to be watched all over gain and again. Great one!
Reviewer: Danial - - March 17, 2006
Subject: The Best Keaton Flick Yet!
An outstanding print! The best one I have seen on a Keaton flick ehre. And "The Goat" had more chuckles per reel than any of his other flicks I have seen to date. This one is a keeper!
Reviewer: bearpuf - - March 15, 2006
Subject: It Got the Kids Going
A group of ten third graders watched The Goat yesterday from a DVD I'd made. Giggles and laughter from all of them exuded with obvious enjoyment. When I stopped the movie about half way through, announcing it was time for lunch they begged to stay. One kid muttered he'd never seen a movie like that without talking and just music. We watched the rest after lunch, and when I showed them the Prelinger web site they ran for pencils to write down the address.
Reviewer: k-otic - - March 9, 2006
Subject: about the encoding...
Encoding note:
Complete name : C:\The_Goat.mpeg
File size : 894 MiB
Format : MPEG 2 multiplexer
Video #0
Codec : MPEG Video 2
Bit rate : 9000 Kbps
Bit rate mode : CBR
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 576 pixels
Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate : 25 Fps
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.868
Delay : 0
Audio #0
Codec : MPEG Audio 1 layer 2
Bit rate : 128 Kbps
Channels : 2 channels
Sampling rate : 44 KHz
Delay : 11
Video0 delay : 11

It`s possible that the MPEG2 multiplexer Filter causes that problem?!
but then again, I`ve no problem playing back those files on my 6 Computer (Mac OSx/XP/Linux) as well as on my stand-alone DVD Player.
Reviewer: GirdwoodTelevision - - February 26, 2006
Subject: odd encode...
I reencoded this with the Windows Media Encoder. You may find this version much less cumbersome at under 200 Megs. FYI, the Windows Media Player is available for MAC, and installs cleanly with no mesy platform rivalry.
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